"You learn something every day if you pay attention." ~Ray LeBlond
I was recently out for brunch with my writer friend, Kim. We were talking about writing (duh) and what we've been learning lately about the craft. In between bites of her steak and eggs, she informed me that she is a recovering head hopper. She used to have trouble sticking to one POV and would hop from one character's head to another within the same scene. This is a no-no because it confuses the reader. The general rule is the only time to switch POV's is after a scene break.
Kim's been working with an freelance editor for the past few months who has been teaching her how to conquer her head-hopping tendencies. Therefore, Kim is a recovering head hopper.
As for me, in the past several months I have been learning more about the importance of character motivation. About how it's so vital to know my characters inside and out before I write the story. As a Seat-of-the-Pantser, I don't take a lot of time to outline and plot before I begin writing. But putting a motivation in place, a root cause of why my character does what she does, is essential. Only when these motivations are clear to me, can I create a well-rounded, believable character who leaps off the page and into the hearts of my readers.
So tell me. Which aspect of the writing craft have you been learning lately?